Our Work

Clean Up Day

World Cleanup Day is a civic movement, uniting different countries and millions of people across the world to clean up the planet. The Green Protector joined the movement and organised a cleaning day with the purpose of contributing to a reduction of plastic waste in the community. As well as making a brand audit to understand the most common plastic waste found in the community. The cleaning day was celebrated on 21 September 2019 in Nyarugenge District’s Kimisagara Sector. We were joined by the local residents alongside our implementing partners, Youth Volunteers of Environment.

World Environment Day

The UN Environment Programme annually organises events for World Environment Day, which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. The theme of World Environment Day: 2019 was “Beat Air Pollution'' On that occasion, The Green Protector, in partnership with REMA, iDebate, Fuschia and Toastmasters, organised a debate and speech competition in order to disseminate the environmental knowledge in youth and to understand the role of our daily actions in polluting the air, hence taking responsibilities in protecting the environment. Participants were from 6 different secondary schools namely: Lycée Notre Dame de Cîteaux, Green hills Academy, College Doctrine Vitae, Kagarama High School, Petit Seminaire Zaza and St Vincent High School.

Climate Youth Dialogue

Young people will be the most affected by the climate crisis and need the knowledge and skills to tackle it. Youth Climate Dialogues aims to provide a platform for young people to discuss climate change with other young people in other parts of the world. On 12 November 2019, The Green Protector hosted a virtual dialogue between students from the University of Rwanda and students from South-West University in China. The dialogue was themed “Climate Change Around Us“. Students from both universities discussed climate change cause and effects in their respective countries, what could be the role of youth to fight against it, how the communities of both countries acknowledge and are combating climate change.

Global Goal Jam Rwandan Editions

In 2018 and 2019, The Green Protector organized Global Goal Jam editions in Rwanda. Global Goal Jam is a two-day worldwide event where creative teams work together on local challenges related to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. We partnered with UNDP to organise the 2018 edition in Rwanda where over a hundred people with different knowledge and expertise applied to participate in the event. Among those, 40 were selected and made ten different groups that worked on the 5 SDGs: No Poverty, Good health and wellbeing, Gender equality, Affordable & clean energy, and Sustainable cities & communities.

In 2019, we partnered with the European Union Delegation in Rwanda, to organise another Rwandan edition. Participants worked on selected SDGs. This edition was different from the 2018 edition in a way that the jammers got time to engage with the community asking them their opinions on how to solve problems related to these SDGs.
After the two-day session, a global goal summit is organized where the groups present their designed solution for the SDG they worked on to representatives of different government institutions as well as development partners. As the jammers forming the groups have different knowledge, and expertise, they all bring in their contribution and help tackle a global problem in the community and create short-term interventions with a long-term impact.

Week to Combat Desertification

In collaboration with the University of Rwanda and REMA, The Green Protector organized a week to raise awareness of desertification. The 2018’s edition was launched at the University’s College of Science and Technology, under the theme “Land has true value, invest in it.” The overall objective was to increase the awareness of desertification and land degradation in the community through secondary students. The Green Protector reached different schools and delivered training sessions on land degradation and desertification in order to eradicate the environmental knowledge gap that exists within the younger generation. Aside from the training, a debate competition was organized between 8 schools where Lycee de Kigali emerged as the winner.

UNFCCC’s COP25

The Green Protector's 3-member delegation that was part of the country's delegation attended the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s conference on climate change (COP25) in Madrid, Spain. The youth delegates focused on different UN negotiation thematics based on their expertise and interests. Each of the three members followed the negotiations on mitigation, climate finance, loss & damage, gender & climate change. The Green Protector’s team supported the delegation by providing daily reports to the Head of the country’s delegation on the progress of discussions held in each room.